Australian Open TT | G Sathiyan, Anthony Amalraj qualify for men’s doubles semi-finals
Indian table-tennis duo G Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj have managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open table tennis championships on Friday. The Indian duo defeated the Korean pair of Woojin Jang and Jonghoon Lim in the quarter-final round of the platinum grade event.
Friday morning turned out to be a good one for Indian table-tennis fraternity, as the men’s doubles pair of G Sathiyan and Anthony Amalraj qualified for the semi-final of the Australian Open. The unseeded pair went ahead to beat the third seeded Koreans Woojin Jang and Jonghoon Lim in the platinum grade event.
After losing the first game 5-11 against the Koreans, the Indian duo came back strong in the next three and won the quarter-final game 5-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-6. After becoming the first Indian pair to reach the top four of an ITTF World Tour Platinum Event, the Indians will meet another Korean duo in the semi-final. They will take on the top seeds Youngsik Jeong and Sangsee Lee of Korea.
"It was really good playing with Sathiyan. We are playing after [a gap of] two years. We started playing in Korean Open (held between July 4 and 7),” Amalraj told ITTF TV.
"It was a great win. The Koreans are the best in doubles. We need to take this confidence in our next match," explained Sathiyan.